Bishop Sutton beat Cadbury Heath to extend Toolstation Premier Division lead
MATCH REPORT: Bishop Sutton 2, Cadbury Heath 1
Bishop Sutton extended their advantage at the top of the Toolstation Premier Division with a 2-1 success at home to third-placed Cadbury Heath last night.
Having reached the summit for the first time in the club's history on Saturday, Sutton took advantage of Brislington's goalless draw at Bridport to move four points clear, with a game in hand on their nearest rivals.
The Heathens started at a high tempo, taking the game to Sutton and nullifying the hosts' ball players.
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However, the home side opened the scoring against the run of play after nine minutes when Cadbury keeper Simon Crawford brought down Will Hailston in the box and Billy Downes converted the spot-kick.
The equaliser came seven minutes later when the Sutton defence failed to clear a cross from the right and the ball was forced home after goalkeeper Ashley Clark parried the initial shot.
Sutton restored their lead on 38 minutes when a Kyle Shallcross corner from the right produced a goalmouth scramble and the ball was forced over the line by Darren Hawkins.
Heath put pressure on the hosts after the break with strong running, preventing Sutton from settling into their usual passing game.
Luke Andrews was adjuged to have fouled a visiting winger in the box on 51 minutes but Clark made an excellent save low to his left from the resulting penalty.
Sutton brought on all three substitutes - Kye Holly, Liam Farmer and John Lock - during the remaining minutes and survived strong pressure from Heath but were unable to take advantage of the extra space at the other end as the visitors pushed forward.
On Saturday, Sutton visit fourth-placed Street.